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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Can You Pick Your Top 5 Photos?

Taking photos has undergone a change in the digital age. We no longer have to carefully consider before we press the shutter button, and we don't have to wait for days before we see the final result. It costs nothing to take picture after picture after picture, seeing the result immediately, then deleting the ones you don't like. What people perhaps often don't realize, is that the digital revolution of photography has also changed the way we are viewing photos.

If you remember this older article of mine, you will recall how I mentioned that digital cameras have caused damage to the way we appreciate family moments. A slightly blurry photo, a photo with an unwanted reflection, or every other flaw - perceived or imagined, such as "my nose looks too big" - means an immediate deletion. As a result the photos we keep (which are no longer printed and hence most are just forgotten in some hard drive or on the cloud), are all a heavily edited sample of what kind of photos we make.

A 'nice' image, but without seeing
the ones I deleted, how can I study what
worked and what didn't?

This obviously has the detrimental effect I mentioned earlier, meaning an often clinical, soulless approach to family moments (or moments in general). But there's also another element, which is the topic of today's article: When you snap so many photos, and when you edit them heavily (both in terms of deleting most of them, and editing them photographically) can you really pick your top-5 photos? Can you discover which are better than others, when they have all undergone such processes? Let's look more into this, and see why it's important.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review of the Lowepro Nova 200 AW camera bag

A reader asked me on AmateurNikon's Facebook page a few days ago for camera bag suggestions. He specified that he needed a large enough bag that can fit two DSLR camera bodies, plus a few lenses. I've tried several bags in the past (now I've only kept this basic sling bag) and my personal favorite has been the Lowepro Nova 200 AW. Here's a quick rundown of its plus and minuses, with a more elaborate opinion further below, in the "Final Verdict" section

I certainly didn't want to drag the Lowepro Nova 200
when I went to Iceland, but there are uses for it, so read on

+ its space seems endless. It really does fit a lot, probably more than you would guess from a quick look. Fully
+ high manufacturing quality, this isn't a cheap generic bag with breaking seams and zippers.
+ AW stands for All-weather, and the waterproof cover (neatly tucked underneath the bag) will protect your equipment in torrential rain (I've tested this!)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Renting vs Owning Camera Lenses

"Shall I rent a lens or buy it?" "Are lens rentals worth it?" "Why would I rent a lens instead of buying it?"

These are three ways to express the same question, which seems to be in the mind of quite a few photographers (especially advanced amateurs; beginners don't consider it, while pros generally know what to do). In today's article I'll offer my views and opinion on this matter. To express things as simply as possible, I'll use the structure of review articles, with pros/cons, whom is it good for and whom it's not, elaborating on the matter along the way